“90 per cent of bar and waiting staff have been verbally harassed”
A recent survey conducted for Barworkadvice revealed that over 90 per cent of bar and waiting staff had been verbally harassed at work. The survey of 201 staff also exposed sexism as a major problem in the workplace, with 75 per cent of all women surveyed admitting to having been harassed.
Sexual intimidation is rife in the bar and waiting sector. Fuelled by alcohol, many customers often use bar and waiting staff as testing grounds for inappropriate and lewd behaviour.
Trade Union Congress General Secretary, Frances O’Grady, said: “We know that over 90 per cent of young hospitality staff aren’t in unions. It’s clear that bar and waiting staff are getting a raw deal, especially younger workers. So it’s clear that unions must change if we’re to be more effective for younger workers.”
“It’s an absolute disgrace”
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